For the first time in three years, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the many related side events convened in-person and took center stage in New York City. And it couldn’t have happened at a more critical moment: the world is facing a pending global hunger catastrophe.
Today, 828 million people go to bed hungry every night and 50 million people are teetering on the edge of famine. The fight for food has been exacerbated in the past few years by COVID-19 and the resulting supply chain disruptions, climate change and its devastation to agriculture cycles, and conflict like the war between Russia and the Ukraine. Indeed, this war has devastated the “bread basket” of the world, Ukraine, which produces and delivers core crops like wheat to countries that need it most. While several shipments of grain have left Ukrainian ports, is that food getting to those who need it most? And quickly enough to avert disaster?
Addressing the food crisis and highlighting partnerships that are driving solutions was on deck at the 2022 Concordia Summit on the sidelines of the UNGA. Liz Schrayer, USGLC President and CEO, moderated a discussion on “The Fight for Food: Value Chains and Partnerships” with Isobel Coleman, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development; John R. Tyson, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods; Chris Cleverly, Group President, Tingo Inc. and Tingo International Holdings, Inc.; and Jay Collins, Vice Chairman, Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi.
Ultimately, it’s going to take everyone, including governments, the private sector, NGOs and more, to help confront the spiraling and converging global crises – and, in particular, global food security. Listen to the discussion with Liz and the panelists and hear how some partnerships are changing the game and finding solutions.